Iniesta relieved after Barca win

Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta spoke of his relief after his side

were able to claim all three points in their nine-goal thriller

with Deportivo.

Lionel Messi once again grabbed the headlines with a stunning

hat-trick but that only told half the story on a night of

sensational drama at Riazor.

It seemed the Catalan club were on their way to a thumping win

after Jordi Alba, Cristian Tello and Messi all struck within the

first 18 minutes but Depor replied with a Luis Pizzi penalty and an

Alex Bergantinosn strike.

Messi struck his second and third in-between Pizzi’s second of

the match and the dismissal of Javier Mascherano while an own goal

from Alba left the visitors clinging on for dear life.

That they managed to hold on to claim a 5-4 success was of great

satisfaction to Iniesta, who is aware they need to continue to

improve.

“We could have killed the game off in the first half, but Depor

are dangerous and they caused us a lot of problems in defence,” he

told the club’s official website.

“We’re leaving with the sensation that we won a very difficult

match. We have to learn a lot of things from this match.”

Alba agreed with his team-mate’s assertions and hailed Depor for

their resolve.

“It was a very hard-fought victory, but it was very important,”

said the former Valencia left-back. “The important thing is that we

won the game and that we’re returning with the three points.

“At 2-3, the game was fairly even and it ended up being a crazy

game. The team played an excellent match but we conceded four

goals.”

Messi continues to light up the Primera Division and his treble

took his tally for 2012 to 59 – beating his previous record of two

years ago.

“Statistics are only numbers. I’m only concerned with winning

the three points whenever possible,” said the Argentinian.